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Middle School Lesson Plan
Time: 5 class periods (2-3 classes if students work in groups)

Level: Middle School

Objective: Students will be able to familiarize themselves with vocabulary, to research and to organize information about the Middle East and World War I.

Subject Area: Social Studies, Language Arts

  • 4x6 note cards- one per student
  • resource materials for WWI
  • blank paper for alphabet books

II. Time, Continuity and Change
b. identify and use key concepts such as chronology, causality, change, conflict, and complexity to explain, analyze, and show connections among patterns of historical change and continuity
c. identify and describe selected historical periods and patterns of change within and across cultures
VI. Power, Authority and Governance
b. describe the purpose of government and how its powers are acquired, used, and justified
d. describe ways in which nations and organizations respond to forces of unity and diversity affecting order and security
f. explain conditions, actions, and motivations that contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among nations
IX. Global Connections
b. analyze examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, and nations


Visual Timeline
As a class, create timeline of World War I with focus on the Middle East using program Web site resources. Each student should be given a 4X6 note card and event. S/he is responsible for explaining one event on the note card and supplying a visual to use on the timeline. Using a classroom or hallway wall, a timeline should be established with title and scale. Students can place their note card events in the appropriate place along the timeline.

Alphabet Book
Following the timeline introduction, students will research and create an alphabet book (or books organized chronologically or geographically) about the Middle East during the twentieth century - focus on 1910-1940.

Students can work independently or be organized in groups, or each member of the class can be assigned a letter of the alphabet to complete a class book.

Students will research* locations, people, legislation and events connected to the Middle East during this timeframe. Students will choose the research items to represent each letter of the alphabet. Create a book with a page devoted to each letter of the alphabet. Students will define the person, place or event; explain its historical significance and its modern consequences.
Optional: each letter has a visual (map, photo or illustration) to further explain it.
Examples: Lawrence of Arabia, Damascus, Aqabar, Kaffeer, Sykes-Picot Agreement, Emir Faisal
* Program Web site can be used as a source for information.


  • Completion and participation in class timeline activity.
  • Completion of alphabet book (define- 20%, explain historical significance- 40%, explain modern consequences- 40%)

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